Our community has a gigantic Banyan tree at one of our local parks. Many folks like to take pictures of their families in front of this old tree. My daughter and her family were doing the same thing with my little grandson Taven. He was trying to put his arms around the trunk of this massive tree. No matter how much he stretched, his little boy arms were too short to give the tree a proper hug.
Do you ever get a little overwhelmed thinking of all the responsibilities that you are trying to juggle? I know that I do. It is a big job to invest the time required in our jobs, our families, our ministry responsibilities, and even maintaining our health. I feel frustrated at times that I can’t get my arms around everything. Like my little grandson I too find my arms are too short. How can we accomplish the tasks that the Lord has given us without caving in? I have found that even though my arms are too short my Heavenly Father’s arms are everlasting. When my strength is too small my Father is all powerful. When my wisdom reaches its end My Father is omniscient. God’s Word assures us in Deut. 33:27: “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms”. God knows our limitations. All through the Bible He challenges His servants to be brave and do exploits for His cause. He told Moses that He would be with his mouth. He told Joshua that the walls would fall down before Him. He told Elijah that He would cause the fire to fall. He assured the disciples that He would send the Holy Spirit.
Whenever our strength comes to its end, His strength kicks in. Whenever our wisdom fails, His wisdom fills us. When our voice falters, His Spirit gives us boldness. And whenever our arms are too short, His arms are everlasting. Has God given you a task that you just can’t get your arms around? Call upon Him and ask for His arms to wrap around you.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation